It feels strange walking through a lodge that, for the past three-and-a-half months, has been full of clients and now echoes with solitary footfalls as we prepare to leave our temporary home until the next season. This time spent working in the silence of fall gives one the opportunity to reflect on moments great and humbling, all those fish that brought smiles and delight to anglers and those whose engagements were brief before severing their binds without ever a glimpse of what peeled line from the reel, leaving only suggestions of what could have been. Pausing before our trophy board I am constantly amazed at the size of fish that this Great Land produces: 47 pound king salmon on the fly, eleven pound rainbow, sixteen pound char, seventeen pound silver. There were countless others that came close, providing guests with those fish of a lifetime. From the moment our season took off the quality of fishing exceeded expectations with the king salmon of the Nushagak pushing up the river by the thousands. Togiak kings gave a sound showing and not to be forgotten, our resident fish provided an exciting alternative for anglers looking for a little variety. Things progressed well, rainbows taking nymphs and dries, sockeye showing up early and running well into July, and our kings on the Togiak holding out until seasons closure. Silvers were a little late in arriving, but the hammered silver sides of behemoth rainbows of the Kvichak and Moraine helped fill the time; and if asked, this author would tell you are a far greater adversary than silver salmon. The silvers did show up, pouring in on the tides, sea-liced, aggressive, and acrobatic. Rainbow fishing continued to improve as first chums and kings, then sockeye began to spawn. It was a shame to close down so soon with trout and silvers fishing so well and showing no signs of slowing down. This season left everyone here at Mission Lodge full of memories to look back on through the long winter, making next June seem so far away. We enjoyed our time with everyone who passed through our doors this season and hope to see them all in the near future. Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful year for the staff.

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